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3d Marine Regiment

3d Marine Division

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
ITX is a large-scale, combined-arms training exercise conducted on Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms conducted to continue increasing the units’ readiness as a Marine Air-Ground Task Force.
Hawaii Marines depart for ITX 2-18
Marines standby for their departure to Integrated Training Exercise 2-18 from Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Jan. 12, 2018.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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3/3 Marines deploy from Hawaii to Okinawa
Marines and Sailors with 3rd Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, bid their families and friends farewell as they prepare to deploy from Marine Corps Base Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan, Dec. 08, 2017.
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CAC Conducts Long Range Swim Training Exercise in Hawaii
U.S. Marines from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division conduct a long range swim training exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2017.
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CAC conducts long range swim training exercise
An MV-22B Osprey with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 268 flies over an amphibious assault vehicle from Combat Assault Company, 3rd Marine Regiment, during a long range swim training exercise, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Dec. 5, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training
Cpl. Nathan Blue (left), Hospitalman Second Class Jonathan Alexander (middle), and Hospitalman Third Class Timothy Lucsom (right), oversee 2nd Lt. Mark Mabry playing a simulated downed pilot during a Tactical Recovery of Aircraft and Personnel training event in Exercise Bougainville II at Landing Zone Boondocker, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, on Oct. 26, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines conduct the Infantry Platoon Battle Course
U.S. Marines hold their positions while attending the Infantry Platoon Battle Course at the Pohakuloa Training Area on the Island of Hawaii, Oct. 25, 2017.
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2nd Battalion, 3rd Marines Combined Anti-Armor Team acquire targets at an unknown distance
U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. John Pesto, driver of a High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle at the mobile assault course during Exercise Bougainville II at the Pohakuloa Training Area, on the island of Hawaii, Oct. 23, 2017.
Regiment News Snapshot
Pilots can grunt too

By Cpl. Carl King | 3rd Marine Division | November 3, 2017

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U.S. Marine Corps pilots are trained to operate advanced aircraft in often dangerous situations. These pilots are the only aviators in the U.S. military who are taught the basics of infantry tactics prior to flight school. This ensures every Marine is a rifleman. Though the chances of an aviator leading a platoon of infantry Marines are slim to none, there are cases where pilots are embedded in infantry units.

Capt. David "Tuck" Miller, a CH-53 Super Stallion pilot, is one of those pilots. Miller, a native of Queenstown, Maryland, is a Forward Air Controller with 1st Battalion, 3rd Marine Regiment, "Lava Dogs."

“As a CH-53 pilot, I always have the opportunity to transport grunts in the back of my aircraft so this is just one more way where I can work closely with them and support them,” said Miller.

As the FAC, Miller is in charge of directing close air support and other offensive air operations. FACs are pilots who are tasked out from the aviation field to directly support ground combat units. The FACs are typically senior aviators who have spent at least two years in a fleet squadron, according to Miller. The prospects are sent to Tactical Air Control Party School to learn the fundamentals of close air support and how to call for fire. This allows the pilot to be a valuable asset when finally attached to an infantry unit.

“He speaks from the air side of the house and he knows what the pilots are saying and what they are looking for from us infantry guys, so he's able to bridge that gap between the two communities,” said 1st Lt. Harry Walker, the fire support team leader.

Once the pilots touch base with the infantry units, they are indoctrinated into a completely different culture for almost two years.

“Coming from the air wing and going head first into an infantry battalion, it’s a little bit of a culture shock just because you do have all those hikes and spend a lot time in the field,” said Miller. “After I graduated from [The Basic School], I don’t think I spent one night in the field and then the first night I was out with the battalion I slept under the stars, but it’s still good to be here.”

The FAC billet is a not only beneficial for the infantry units but also great for the pilot executing the position, according to Miller.

“For them it’s all about the mission,” said Miller. “So as an aviator, it pushes me to be more studious and when I get back to the cockpit, I’ll be a better aviator.”

The Lava Dogs are currently forward-deployed for six months to Okinawa, Japan as part of the Unit Deployment Program. The battalion is tasked to provide a forward-deployed combat ready unit for in support of theater requirements.
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3d Marine Regiment Leaders

Sergeant Major Alfonso D. Via
Sergeant Major
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Colonel Michael S. Styskal
Commanding Officer
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